Contrary to everyone's expectation, Arie Elshout neither became a professional soccer player nor the financial administrator of the international shipping firm Van Ommeren (Rotterdam, the Netherlands). Instead, the Lord thrust him out into His vineyard, having called him to a special ministry.
Rev. Elshout's gospel ministry would not only impact the Netherlands and North-America, but he would also be a devoted supporter of the mission work and youth ministry of the (Netherlands) Reformed Congregations.
His books about depression and/or burnout, A Helping Hand and Overcoming Spiritual Depression have been "a word in season" to many within and outside of the denomination he served. He also played a significant role in the establishment of the Christian psychiatric hospital Bosch en Duin in the Netherlands.